Posted on : 04-26-2012 | By : Andy | In : pop culture, random, tech
Tags: advertising, bragging, iphone, pride
Sometimes pop culture grabs on to something that I just find so annoying or ridiculous that I can’t help but point them out. Why? Because people often get suckered into doing things that make them look rather foolish, all the while thinking they’re cool, or not having a clue how to fix it.
Case in point: the automatic advertisement posted at the end of all your emails that says:
“Sent from my Apple iPhone”
“Sent from my Apple iPad”
“Sent from my Asus Pad”
“Sent from my Android Phone”
“Sent from my 4G LTE HTC Incredible Smartphone with Google Android and Haptic Feedback technology enhanced by Verizon’s Next Generation network”
“Sent from my TRSDOS-80”
Now I know that you may want all your friends to think you’re cool because you have an iPhone, but that email signature does not accomplish such a goal. When your email program shamelessly broadcasts that fact to every family member, friend, acquaintance, business contact, or stranger you email, it screams “PRETENTIOUS JERK.” We don’t care that you have the same smartphone as half the rest of the world. You announcing that to me does not inspire respect, or awe, but rather scorn. In case you missed this lesson in preschool, announcing your accomplishments or possessions to the world in order to make people think you’re awesome is called bragging, and it really just makes people see you as shallow (and definitely not awesome). They may be jealous of your iPhone, but they’re certainly not jealous of your personality.
The other alternative is that you don’t know how to get rid of that message, since every smartphone, tablet, and pc manufacturer in the world sets it as a default these days (don’t get me started!). If this is the case, Google it. There are instructions out there that are easy to follow and take next to no time to find and implement. Quit being a sheep, offering blatant, unpaid advertising free to the manufacturer who overcharged you for your device in the first place. If this is still too hard, ask a neighbor kid to get it off your phone and they’ll have it done before you can say “Jack Robinson.”
I don’t care what phone, tablet, laptop, mainframe, or cerebral implant you’re sending your email from. So quit telling me every time you send an email. It makes you look bad.